Tripping with The Belles

Fancy A Day Out with The Belles?

Check out our calendar of amazing extra-curricular events!

 

Booking Information

Give your name, mobile number & email address to Carol or Marion at the Treasurers table either before the start of the monthly meeting or at the end.

If tickets are involved & you may qualify for a concession, you must let Carol or Marion know.

Once the cost of the trip has been clarified, the preferred method of payment is by BACS direct into The Belles account. Cash or cheques will also be accepted at the monthly meeting.

BACS details:
Name of Account : The Brentwood Belles WI
Account no:             51794957
Sort code:                40-13-22

Please enter your name & the name of the trip, so that Viv who is Treasurer knows what the payment is for & email Carol/Marion so we know that you have paid.

As with all WI events, if you are unable to come unless you can get another Belle to take your place (please let Carol or Marion know) unfortunately the costs cannot be refunded.

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Upcoming Trips

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Tripping Tales 


Upcoming Trips

SEPTEMBER

Friday – 22nd

The Charterhouse
The Charterhouse, Charterhouse Square, London. EC1M 6AN
11:30am
Cost £10

Since its foundation in 1611, the Charterhouse has provided accommodation to a community of residents, known as Brothers. Here you can discover their extraordinary story, learn more about becoming a Brother, and explore the fascinating buildings, gardens and governance of the Charterhouse.

Please see Carol or Marion at the Treasurers table either before the start of the monthly meeting or at the end to put your name down, pay by cash (can you try to bring the correct money please), cheque or preferably by BACS when you get home.


OCTOBER

Sunday – 15th

Copped Hall – Guided Tour
Copped Hall Trust, Crown Hill, Epping, CM16 5HS
11.00am (lasts 2.5 – 3 hours)
Cost £8.00 (payable on the day)

Copped Hall is a fine Georgian mansion that is currently under restoration. It is superbly sited on a ridge overlooking its landscaped parkland.

The tour covers the whole of the gardens, a large part of the mansion, the cellars and the stables.

Please see Carol or Marion at the Treasurers table either before the start of the monthly meeting or at the end to put your name down, pay by cash (can you try to bring the correct money please), cheque or preferably by BACS when you get home.


NOVEMBER

Wednesday – 1st

Tour behind the scenes of The Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, WC2E 9DD
2.30pm (lasts 90 minutes)
Cost £10.50

Visit the Backstage and the Front of House areas of one of the world’s leading theatres as it prepares to open its doors for the evening performance.

The Backstage Tours include an introduction to the colourful history of the theatre, an insight into the re-development of the Royal Opera House and a look at aspects of current productions. As the Royal Opera House is a fully working theatre, each tour is a unique experience, and may include opportunities to see The Royal Ballet in class, or the magnificent backstage technology in operation.

Please see Carol or Marion at the Treasurers table either before the start of the monthly meeting or at the end to put your name down, pay by cash (can you try to bring the correct money please), cheque or preferably by BACS when you get home.


COMING NEXT SPRING

London Postal Museum & a ride on the underground mail train
London Postal Museum, Phoenix Place, WC1X 0DA

Ride through the hidden tunnels and discover a unique piece of industrial heritage, then explore inspiring galleries packed with incredible objects, exciting stories and fun-filled interactive displays.

 

Tiptree Jam Shop & Tea Room
Tiptree Jam Shop & Tea Room, Tiptree, CO5 0RF

A farm tour on a trailer at The Jam Factory ( Wilkins Preserves) Tiptree & small afternoon tea to follow.


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Barnards Farm Gardens & Sculptures – 16th July 2015

Alexander McQueen - Savage Beauty Exhibition at Victoria & Albert Museum

Alexander McQueen – Savage Beauty
Exhibition at Victoria & Albert Museum – 25th July 2015

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Backstage tour of The Cliffs Pavilion & Afternoon Tea – 26th October 2015

Visit to the Liberty in Fashion exhibition London (and Glass Blowing) – 6th February 2016

Guide Dogs Training Centre - 11th May 2016

Guide Dogs Training Centre – 11th May 2016

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Visit to Capel Manor Gardens 22nd June 2016 – Ladies in the Maze

Visit to Capel Manor Gardens 22nd June 2016

Visit to Capel Manor 22nd June 2016

Visit to the Cinema Museum

Visit to the Cinema Museum, 15th September 2016

 

Alpaca Farm & shop visit - 10th November 2016

Alpaca Farm & shop visit – 10th November 2016

 

Kings Seeds & walk around the sweet pea fields – 17th June 2017


Tripping Tales

The Cliffs Pavilion visit
Eleven of us went to The Cliffs Pavilion in October 2015.
We had a very informative talk and were able to walk on the stage and see the changing rooms and loading bay. Afternoon tea in the restaurant overlooking the sea made a perfect end to the afternoon.
We hope to arrange a trip to see something here next year, then we will have an idea of what’s happening behind the scenes!

The Hanningfield Smokehouse visit
A couple of visits have been made here. The process of smoking fish was explained, there were mouth-watering tasters and we completed our visit with some purchases.

Guide Dogs Training Centre visit
In May 2016, fifteen of us visited the Guide Dogs Training Centre in Woodford Bridge to see and hear about the amazing work they do there. We went into the indoor training room & watched 4 dogs at different stages of their training taking part in exercises & had a chance to stroke them afterwards, they were adorable! There were different breeds if dogs, including a Labradoodle…tempting to bring one home! Several of us bought the nearest soft toy substitutes in the gift shop!
We were taken into the kennels, which can house up to 150 dogs and saw an outdoor demo with the dogs walking around an obstacle course. Tony, a man who was blind from birth came in with his guide dog, Gibbs and gave us an insight into how his life is with Gibbs and how he copes with everyday life, very inspiring.
It costs about £50,000 to train a dog and they rely on help from many volunteers around the country to dog walk the puppies, act as borders, raise funds etc and they are always looking for new volunteers. There is an open day on Saturday 3rd September when apparently, there will be lots of puppies there!

The Cinema Museum visit
In September we visited the intriguing Cinema Museum, housed in an old workhouse building where Charlie Chaplin and his brother lived briefly, along with their mother.
It was a nostalgic trip down memory lane looking at various pieces of memorabilia and sitting in the plush red seats in the small thirty-eight seater cinema room, where we watched some short films from different eras – all that was missing was some popcorn!
Next year we are hoping to arrange a film afternoon in the cinema room… keep an eye out for details.